Tourists spend P18B in Iloilo

Revelers flock to Iloilo City for the 2018 Dinagyang Festival. The world-famous festival, celebrated every fourth Sunday of January, is the top tourist drawer in the city. (Photo by Reymar Latoza/ IMT News)

Tourists who visited the city and province of Iloilo in 2017 spent billions of pesos.

Iloilo City accumulated P15.8 billion worth of tourist receipts while Iloilo province collected P3 billion last year, partial data from the Department of Tourism (DOT-6) showed.

The amount was spent on food and beverage, accommodation, transportation, and shopping, among others

The city and province accommodated 857, 068 and 174, 473 tourists, respectively.

The whole Western Visayas region earned more than P117 billion from local and foreign tourists in 2017.

Last year’s tourist receipts already exceeded 2016’s P116 billion.

The DOT-6 said the amount is expected to increase once all local government units (LGUs) in the region have submitted their reports on Feb. 15.

The province of Aklan remained the top earner with P89 billion; Bacolod City, P16 billion; Negros Occidental, P15.3 billion; Antique, P2.9 billion; Capiz, P2.8 billion; and Guimaras, P2 billion.

Tourist arrivals in the region reached 5.2 million last year.IMT